With less than 12 hours until the Jubileekend officially begins, I for one am a little over excited. As I’m sure anyone who remembers (or has at least seen photo evidence) of the Royal Wedding festivities will agree, we Brits certainly know how to celebrate. This weekend London will be overrun with street parties, picnics, Union Jack bunting and gloriously tasteless Jubilee knick nacks. Regardless of how you feel about the monarchy, the Diamond Jubilee is a damn good excuse for a party. Before I put away my laptop (very rare occurence) to spend the weekend drinking Pimms, eating cucumber sandwiches and dressing solely in red, white and blue I just thought I’d share Donna Ida‘s super cute Jubilee feature with you.
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Love Ella. X
What: Shorts: American Apparel, Blouse: Whistles, Bag: Oliver Bonas, Shoes: Topshop, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery
Where: Central Saint Martins BA Graduate Fashion Show
I snapped up these pastel green brogues the split second they arrived in Topshop waaaay back in February but thanks to the phenomenally drizzly past couple of months, haven’t actually managed to wear them since. Well now the sun’s out (at least temporarily) you can bet your frilly, white pop socks I’ll be wearing these babies morning, noon and night, even if they do pinch a bit. Plus, they’re the EXACT same shade of pastel green as my beloved American Apparel short shorts… Lucky that.
Love Ella. X
I know, I know, it’s barely summer and I’m already posting about autumn… But given the sheer loveliness of the collections to come, I think you’ll forgive me for getting a little ahead of myself. Add to that the fact that a) Pre-Fall 2012 will arrive in stores any day now and b) it’s fairly likely the gorgeous weather we’re having in London wont last much longer, and I’d be mad not to share them with you all! Given the sheer number of fantastic brands who produce trans-seasonal treats, featuring all of them would just be impossible. So in the interest of mainting some semblance of a social life, I’ve decided to stick to the ones that really make my heart sing with joy, starting with Jonathan Saunders…
Following a succession of stunning shows and unanimously rave reviews, I took it for granted that Jonathan Saunder’s Pre-Fall collection was going to be good, but the designer far surpassed my expectations. Every season I’m amazed by Jonathan Saunders’ ability to combines eye-popping hues and graphic prints yet always retain a hint of subtlety. Pre-fall collections are meant to help fashion forward women (with bottomless bank accounts) make a stylish transition into the chillier seasons and Saunders’ has nailed it perfectly. Bold colour combinations plus classic shapes make for ladylike chic with an edge while prints so vibrant they practically leap off the garments make this pre-season delights hard to resist. My personal fave is probably the adorable burnt orange number (above). And it just so happens that my 21st birthday’s in under a month… just putting it out there.
Anyone remember my slightly stalker-ish post about Eddie Redmayne in Burberry‘s SS12 campaign? Given quite how gorgeous Eddie looked in My Week With Marilyn (and Birdsong… and basically everything else he’s ever been in), I refuse to belive any of you didn’t melt at the sight of him larking about with the equally gorgeous Cara Delevigne. Indeed, despite Burberry’s stellar track record for featuring the most beautiful British stars in their ads, I didn’t think they’d manage and top last season’s snaps. But guess what… they did. For AW12 Christopher Bailey has enlisted two of the HOTTEST (literally) faces in London right now: actress Gabriella Wilde and Musician Roo Panes. Shot by Mario Testino at the Royal Navy College in Greenwich, the campaign is a stunning celebration of all things British, a timely tribute to the brand’s heritage in the run up to the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. As Christopher Bailey so succinctly put it:
“We wanted to play with everything that’s at the heart of the Burberry world – celebrating our brand and London through imagery, film, music, weather and our iconic outerwear, all in a very poetic and British way”
Between the magnificent setting and cinematic quality of Testino’s black and white images, I think this might just be Burberry’s best campaign yet. Even more exciting is the fact that, for the first time ever, the AW12 collection will be available to purchase online from June 1st… looks like I’ll be stocking up on lottery tickets between now and then.
Love Ella. X